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Shropshire photographer taking a shot to raise funds for charity

A Shropshire photographer is taking a shot at raising money for charity with a unique fundraising angle.

Paul Wilkinson, who owns Twig’s Branch Photography, will be undertaking a marathon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Of sorts. There are no running shoes or training schedules in this picture.

Instead, Paul will be undertaking a ‘boudoir marathon’ – 12 photo shoots, involving 12 different women, in 12 hours.

Each of the 12 women involved has made a donation to the PinupforMac12 campaign in exchange for a 40-minute photo shoot with Paul, who is one of Shropshire’s leading boudoir photographers.

The event will take place on 1st October in the ballroom at The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury with hair and make-up kindly provided by a team of volunteers including Janine Louise Lewis from Aesthetics Shrewsbury, Nina Galley, Liz Bell Make-Up, Nikki Speke from A Cut Above salon and Zoe Speke.

PinupforMac12 is part of a wider fundraising initiative, MaxAndTheMac12, by Max Ball, a Shrewsbury marketing assistant who originally hoped to raise £8,000 for Macmillan after his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer towards the end of last year.

Max set himself 12 different sponsored challenges during 2016 and has more than smashed his target, with the current total standing at more than £10,500.

Paul is hoping the boudoir marathon will add £1,000 to Max’s fundraising total.

Paul said: “Many of Max's friends have joined him on his various adventures to raise money for Macmillan and most of the events have been sports based and me, not really being a sports person, instead offered my services as a professional photographer to capture as many of the challenges as possible. Over time I began to think that I could do a bit more and that is when the idea for the PinupforMac12 challenge was born.

“I have been blown away by the interest and support in this event, made possible with thanks to the Lion Hotel for use of their spectacular ballroom, and for providing refreshments for our team of volunteers who have all donated their time for free to be part of this and who will be assisting with hair and make-up on the day.”

Max added: “Paul has been an amazing friend throughout my journey so far, he has been through very similar circumstances so has been incredibly supportive. His photographic style is like nothing I have seen, particularly the boudoir photography where he has a real niche in this area. It is going to be a long hard day for Paul this weekend, but a challenge which I have never seen before and one he can be proud of in benefit of a good cause.”

Although all of the 12 photo shoots have now been filled, members of the public can still sponsor Paul to complete the challenge by visiting the Boudoir Marathon Just Giving page.

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